Fuel Activities @ Ignite 2017

Fuel User Group Booth

Did you have a chance to stop by the Fuel User Group booth at Ignite 2017? Attendees met with fellow Fuel members, received a Fuel t-shirt and learned how to get more from Fuel User Group membership to maximize investments with Palo Alto Networks. Here's a recap:

  • Attendees received the free 2017 Fuel User Group T-shirt and wore it the following day on #FuelTShirtTuesday!
  • Visitors contributed answers to the following question and placed those answers on the booth wall (pictured on the right) to see how others responded: What features of a cloud-centric security strategy would have the biggest impact on your organization? Check out the responses!
  • Visitors took a timed Cybersecurity Quiz that tested their Palo Alto Networks knowledge. Those who ranked top 3 on the leaderboard received an Amazon gift card. You can play the online version here. Enter game code: 052314. 
  • Chapter Meetings included Boston, Vancouver, NYC Metro, Silicon Valley, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Maryland chapters.
  • Special Interest Group Meetings included Public Cloud, Healthcare, ICS and Education special interest groups.


Fuel Roundtables

Click on the topics below for a description of each Fuel Roundtable discussion at Ignite. 

Protecting your AWS Deployment

This roundtable was designed for individuals looking to use AWS as a means of expanding their data centers but still have questions on how to get started, how to protect applications and data or want to learn from others. Product experts from Palo Alto Networks and AWS discussed the best practices and security controls for AWS.

Breach Prevention

This roundtable invited participants to bring operational, engineering, and architecture questions. Topics included determining what the “unknown” means (applications, URLs, threats), using prevention to gather intel (“allow” vs. “prevent” vs. “block”), using the anti-phishing features of PAN-OS 8.0, how APIs can increase automation and prevention. Beyond discussing the technology, the people, process, and procedures necessary to be successful in preventing breaches were also in scope.

Internet Gateway Roundtable

This discussion invited participants to bring questions about securing the all-important gateway to networks. Resident experts shared best practices to implementing critical functions and how other customers have implemented prevention at the internet edge.

People and Process Considerations for SSL Decryption, App-ID, User-ID

This roundtable tackled the question, "How do you extract optimum value from your next-generation firewalls?" Participants discussed with peers and heard how they adopted advanced capabilities on the next-generation firewall like App-ID, User-ID, Threat Prevention and SSL Decryption. They also heard a discussion about the technology as well as the people part of their journey. They shared challenges and learned what benefits they could derive to ultimately create a roadmap for their organizations to adopt these best practices.

ICS/SCADA Segmentation Roundtable

This roundtable focused on issues surrounding NERC CIPv5, best practices to segment the ICS/SCADA network and other ICS/SCADA network concerns. Participants learned from industry specialists about other customer ICS/SCADA security approaches and top of mind issues from peers. 

Date Center Security

Ignite attendees and a Palo Alto Networks expert gathered to discuss approaches to security across data center models, and strategies to build support from Network, Server, and Storage teams, and any additional challenges in data center security. Participants brought questions on how to include security in the foundation of private cloud and SDN architectures (e.g., VMware NSX, Cisco ACI, OpenStack) without adding complexity to the network design or losing visibility. 

Optimizing the Security Operations Center

Participants discussed and shared recommendations from peers and SOC experts about challenges in managing a SOC, and explored a modern approach that leverages the latest in machine learning and automation to break away from OPEX-dependent workloads. They also discussed opportunities to optimize threat hunting, reduce events per analyst hour (EPAH), and leverage Palo Alto Networks capabilities including correlation objects, AutoFocus, MineMeld and other tools.

Financial Services/Banking Roundtable

Ignite attendees and industry experts met for a discussion about cyber security topics relevant to the financial sector.  Participants brought questions and learned from peers about topics relevant to banking/financial services from defense in depth challenges to recent threats (e.g., SWIFT-related attacks, ATM malware, bank watering holes), evolving regulations, or any other issues within the industry. 

Actionable Insights from your Palo Alto Networks Data

This roundtable explored topics around transforming the data available in Palo Alto Networks products about cloud, data center, network, and mobile devices into actionable insights. Participants discussed how organizations can leverage this data for a myriad of business objectives. They shared experiences, and heard from peers on how to better understand and ensure successful leverage of data from the Palo Alto Networks platform. Topics included correlating data from the ACC and Monitor tabs to best meet business objectives, identifying applications on networks, reporting customization for different audiences, integration with third parties (e.g., Splunk), and Panorama for network, cloud, and endpoint visibility and automation.

Securing Workloads on Microsoft Azure

This roundtable addressed questions about protecting Microsoft Azure. Ignite attendees and product experts from Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft participated in a discussion about best practices and security controls for Microsoft Azure deployment

Advanced Endpoint Protection

Spending on endpoint security is among the highest priorities for CISOs in 2017. In this roundtable, participants brought questions and joined peers for an interactive discussion on deploying endpoint security and the challenges in protecting laptops, workstations, and servers running multiple platforms. Topics included Traps and WildFire integration visibility, Traps and Tanium to meet multiple compliance and security objectives, endpoint security for special-purpose devices from Retail POS to ATMs to ICS & SCADA devices. 

Higher Education Roundtable

In this roundtable, attendees brought questions, shared and learned how other higher education customers are addressing the changing reality of their networks: new smart machines, multimedia content, e-learning tools, and research collaboration that can bring network bandwidth and security to their breaking point. Topics included virtual segmentation for Campus WiFi to staff and faculty needs, to student PII protection and regulatory considerations, and other topics. 

Hospitals/Healthcare Roundtable

In this roundtable, Fuel members and a Palo Alto Networks healthcare expert met for a discussion about healthcare cybersecurity topics. They discussed current issues and answered questions about medical device security, ransomware experiences, HIPAA and PCI compliance and segmentation that actually works in hospitals. 

Securing SaaS Deployments

Participants discussed the best practices and business processes for gaining visibility to unsanctioned SaaS applications, approving/denying SaaS applications, and getting teams to work together for ensuring the security of any SaaS in a network environment.